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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, November 21 Edition

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X-23, vol. 2: X-Assassin by Mariko Tamaki and Diego Oloregui
Marvel
Publication Date: August 13, 2019
ISBN: 978-1302916862

After a string of scientists are murdered, cloned sisters Laura and Gabby are called in to help the police with the investigation. While on a mission to intercept the killer of the next potential target, they discover that the killer is actually a new cloned version of themselves, the X-Assassin. Following her trail leads them back to their ultimate nemesis in their mission to stop the misuse of clone experimentation—their own creator—as well as an army of more X-Assassins. But killing the X-Assassins means killing the only biological family Laura and Gabby have. How can they stop the egregious cloning experimentation of their DNA without harming their new sisters?

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, October 15 Edition

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Michigan vs. The Boys by Carrie S. Allen
KCP Loft / Kids Can Press
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
ISBN: 978-1525301483
Michigan Manning is thrilled when she earns a spot on the boys’ varsity ice hockey team. Despite becoming the team’s leading scorer, her teammates make it clear she’s not welcome. Even when “harmless” pranks cross the line into assault, Michigan fears that speaking up will cost her everything she loves.

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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, August 1 Edition

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Faith: Dreamside by Jody Houser
Valiant Entertainment
Publication Date: March 12, 2019
ISBN: 978-1682152973

Faith Herbert is dealing with a massive problem; her superhero alter ego, Zepher, has wrongfully been accused of murder. Falling into her alias as Summer Smith, she hides at her newspaper job and tries to keep a low profile. Then Monica Jim (AKA Animalia) comes to Faith for help. She has ghosts not only haunting her but bound and determined to take her to the Deathside plane of existence. Once Monica is captured, Faith enlists the assistance of paranormal scientist Doctor Mirage to bring Monica back from the Deathside.

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Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers (#QP2020) Nominees Round Up, July 16 Edition

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Keeper of the BeesKeeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel
Entangled: Teen
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
ISBN: 978-1640634084

Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel is a companion novel to Black Bird of the Gallow, but it can be read as a stand-alone. The novel returns to Ms. Kassel’s world of harbingers, beekeepers, and strawmen. Keeper of the Bees is a story about a centuries old beekeeper who was cursed when he was eighteen and the girl who actually sees him, not just the monster he’s become.

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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, July 11 Edition

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The Avant-Guards, vol. 1 by Carly Usdin and Noah Hayes
Boom! Studios
ISBN: 978-1684153670
Publication Date: September 3, 2019

When Charlie transfers to The Georgia O’Keefe College for Arts and Subtle Dramatics, she thought she was done with basketball and the pressures of college athletics. Struggling to fit in and feel comfortable in a strange new environment, the last thing she wants is the added pressures of basketball on top of everything else. She doesn’t count on Liv, the passionate and exuberant basketball player determined to start a women’s league at O’Keefe. With Liv’s drive and help from the other quirky yet welcoming members of the team, Charlie realizes that this squad might not stress her out like the previous team she fled in the past. Also, She may have found the kind of friends she was looking for—and maybe even a new girlfriend.

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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, April 11 Edition

Man-Eaters, Vol. 1, written by Chelsea Cain and illustrated by Kate Niemczyk and Lia Miternique
Image Comics
March 5, 2019
ISBN: 978-1534311435

In the future, girls exposed to toxoplasmosis from their pet cats turn into flesh-eating wildcats when they get their period. Maude is twelve. As her detective dad investigates a series of strange mauling attacks, Maude worries she may be the killer.

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#GGN 2019 Nominees Round Up, September 6 Edition

Ark Land by Scott A. Ford
ChiGraphic
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
ISBN: 9781771484565

Kairn is a scavenger in Ark Land, where giant alien arks fall from the sky and crash land to earth, carrying with them alien tech and lifeforms. The first ark in Kairn’s Ark Land crashed 84 years ago; since then, alien flora and fauna have integrated with those of earth.

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#GGN2019 Nominees Round Up, August 30 Edition

Mech Cadet Yu by Greg Pak, Illustrations by Takeshi Miyazawa
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
ISBN: 978-1684151950

Stanford Yu was a handy janitor at the elite Sky Corps Academy, cleaning up after all the students and cadets. After leaving the bonding ceremony, Stanford runs into one of the alien robots and was surprisingly chosen by the robot to bond with, an honor usually given to trained Mech Cadets. Now, Stanford Yu is the newest Mech Cadet, and the only things standing in his way, are his mother and the other cadets. In order to prove himself, he must train hard, learn to trust the other cadets and fight as a team in order to save the planet from the Sharg.

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Women in Comics: Quests

Characters setting out on quests are an important part of many literary genres and formats. From the Epic of Gilgamesh to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, quests have been part of some of our most enduring pieces of literature. These stories often work perfectly as the basis of graphic novels, meaning that there are many quests in comics and graphic novels. This list brings together just a few great examples of quests in comics and graphic novels. Whether you prefer fantasy or nonfiction, there is a quest here for you!

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Women in Comics: Comics For a New School Year

School Sign
School by Rafael Sato. CC BY 2.0.

It’s that time of year again. A new school year is beginning! And while some may be excited and others sad, a new year of classes is no reason to stop reading comics. Why not make some time this Fall to try a new comic that will give you a different perspective on high school?

Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey by Özge Samanci – Özge Samanci’s memoir of growing up in Turkey is simultaneously about school and about far more than that. As a child growing up in Turkey, Özge felt immense pressure, which she brings to life in this memoir in a way that will be relatable to all readers. The artwork and design of this book is particularly noteworthy, as Özge uses multiple art styles and techniques throughout the story. This is a great read for budding artists and those with an interest in graphic memoirs.

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